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7 Frugal Ways to Keep the Kids Happy During the Holidays

The kids are out of school for the holidays. How do you keep them busy, without breaking the budget? Here are some ways to make the vacation special: Make Ooblek Ooblek is a cornstarch and water mixture. It is “non-newtonian,” meaning the stuff acts like a fluid when it is poured, but is acts like a solid when touched. Weird, huh? But kids love the stuff. It can be picked up, but then it oozes from their hands. It is easily washed off, a big plus for parents. Why the…

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How to Save Money on Holiday Gift Wrapping

I don’t enjoy wrapping gifts. My corners are rarely crisp and clean, the tape and ribbons have minds of their own, and there is always a hunt for the right sized box. But I really detest the results of that wrapping event. The paper, ribbons, bags, and boxes end up in a tangled mess in the garbage can. Here are a few ways to make that gift-wrapping budget-friendly – and maybe more fun: Recycle and Upcycle Well of course you are collecting that gift wrap, patiently smoothing out its creases…

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by Mike Petrucci, shopping, Hallothanksmas Money Management 

It’s Hallothanksmas season – merry trick or turkey!

Happy Hallothanksmas! Yes, it is that time of year. Department stores juggle the upcoming event of Halloween with fall decorations, Thanksgiving accessories, Hannukah and Christmas bells and baubles. It is a chaotic crash site  of celebration, with piles of candy corn mixing with tiny chocolate Santas. Nervous consumers fear that each sale on holiday fare is the last one, so they pile their carts with mini-lights, mennorahs, scarecrows, and sleighs. There is so much candy my teeth hurt just walking down the aisles. It is Hallothanksmas in all its glory. It’s…

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